John Wentz

John Wentz (1974) is a contemporary artist whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to its core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark-making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer with an abstract sensibility.

 

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel, he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator, and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 5 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 


Solo Exhibitions

2021

Stolen Space Gallery, London, Liminal Spaces

2020

Urban Art Fair w/ myFINBEC, Paris, France, VR-NISSAGE

2019

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, The Death of Distance

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Navigation Unknown

2015

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Imprints

2014

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Passages

2013

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Spectra

2012

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Synthesis

2009

D-Structure, San Francisco, CA, Adaptive Radiation

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

Harman Projects, New York, Figuratively Speaking
Galerie GT, Bayonne, France, In Dream

2022

Harman Projects, New York, San Francisco Art Fair

2021

Hashimoto Contemporary, New York, Multiples
Stolen Space Gallery, London, Fragments
Art Karlsruhe, Germany, Selections
Zhejiang Art Museum, China, Pad Dimension

2020

Fraunberg Ateliers, Munich, Germany, 4
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Lately
Galerie Joël Knafo, Paris, France, Polyphonissima

2019

Thinkspace Projects, Culver City, CA, Re-Beginning
Kunsthuizen Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands, Project 1606
Pretty Portal Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany, Dancing with Myself (Two Person Show)
Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Disrupted Realism

2018

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Moniker Art Fair, London
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Bodies5
Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ, We The People

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
, Moleskine Project VI
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Neon
Vertical Gallery, Chicago, Ill, Portrait
Alto Gallery, Denver, CO, Showed Up

2016

Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, Drawn to Greatness, Made in California
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Moleskine Project V
Spoke Art, New York, NY, Wes Anderson Tribute
Abend Gallery, Denver, Co, Mini Show, Edge of Realism

2015

Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, Works on Paper, Five & Under
Mike Wright Gallery, Denver, CO, As One
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Moleskine Project IV
Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA, Freaks & Americana
Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA, Tired Hands

Murals

2024

Juquila, Oaxaca, Mexico, Juquila Street Art Festival
Cuicatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, Cuicatlan Mural Festival

2022

Santa Rosa, CA, The Mural Project
Boulogne, France, Boulogne Sur Mer Street Art Festival
Isturitz, France, Artist Residency, Bayonne, France, Points De Vue Street Art Festival

2019

Martinique, IPAF Festival

2018

Paris, France, Le Mur Douzieme

Publications

2019 - Graffiti Art Magazine 'Urban Contemporary Art Guide'
2019 - The South African Artist Magazine
2019 - Graffiti Art Magazine
2019 - American Art Collector Magazine
2018 - Juxtapoz Magazine
2017 - Juxtapoz Magazine
2015 - Artist's on Art
2011 - La Gazette Cournot, France
2008 - Clone Magazine, Spain
2007 - International Artist Magazine
2007 - American Art Collector Magazine

Collaborations

2020 - Procreate: Release of Procreate version 5
2020 - Casio/Graffiti Art Magazine: Casio G-Shock Ad

Artist in Residence

2019 - Arthouse Holland/Project 1606, Leiden, The Netherlands

Education

2006 - BFA, Painting; Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, with distinction 

Professional Experience

2006-2012

Instructor in Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (Drawing, Painting, Anatomy, Composition, and Color Theory)

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